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Saving Casey

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Raised by 44 people in 14 months
Hello everyone, and thank you for taking the time to read about Casey's story. If you want to read about our beautiful girl, you can start right here. Otherwise, if you want to start reading about the reason for this Go Fund Me page, jump to the second paragraph.

Sarah and I adopted Casey from the Albemarle SCPA about four years ago so that Lianna could have a dog friend to keep her company. She came from an abusive/neglectful situation prior to arriving at the SPCA, and to put it mildly, she was a “project” dog. She was incredibly fearful of other people (she would not get close to Sean for about a year!), and she was defensively aggressive towards other dogs. As her behavioral issues began to improve, she revealed her true personality and quickly stole our hearts. Over time, we earned each other’s trust, and she has become the most loyal, willing, and cuddly companion we could have ever imagined. We are convinced that without our patience and persistence and her willingness to trust us, she would have been put down all those years ago. There are no words for how much we love her, and the common bumper sticker you see when driving down the road rings as true now as ever, “Who Rescued Who?”

On Thursday, January 18, Sarah and I took Casey to our normal veterinarian after she started experiencing excessive thirst, excessive urination, and incontinence. Our veterinarian was not really concerned as she suspected a possible UTI, and we left the appointment with some antibiotics and instructions to monitor her condition. However, over the course of a couple of days, Casey started to show worsening signs. She lost her appetite completely, she started to become lethargic, and her weight was visibly dropping. We went back to our veterinarian on Wednesday, January 24, and we were informed that Casey had high blood calcium levels, so high that they could not register on their recording device. We were sent to the emergency veterinarian the same evening where Casey was admitted. The staff started IV fluids to dilute the high blood calcium, and she was scheduled for a full examination with ultrasound and chest X-rays in the morning. As of the writing of this story, Casey’s diagnosis, according to the emergency veterinarian, will most likely fall into one or more of three diseases: hyperparathyroidism, renal failure, and/or lymphoma. The ultrasound exam and X-rays were not conclusive, but she will be getting a biopsy of her spleen to check for cancerous cells as well as a very thorough blood analysis to check for unseen cancer and hyperparathyroidism. This is where the situation stands.

Surgery is likely to take place in the near future to remove a cancerous growth somewhere in her body or a benign tumor in one of the parathyroid glands. Fluid therapy to help combat the renal failure is essentially guaranteed. All in all, Casey is looking at an uphill battle, and Sarah and I need your help. Despite having regular pet insurance combined with emergency veterinary care insurance, staying multiple nights in the doggie version of the ICU and having at least one major surgery in the next couple of days means we need some extra funds to help give Casey the best chance at making it through this ordeal. Any amount will help, and we honestly mean that. Sarah and I have been through some tough times financially, so we understand how difficult it can be to part with one’s money to give to a charitable cause. If $1 is all you can offer, it will be as graciously and thankfully accepted as $100. We are hoping that we can reach our goal in about three weeks due to how quickly these tests, procedures, and surgeries will take place.

Thank you so much for your love and support. We will keep you all updated as the days go by. Keep our dear Casey in your thoughts and prayers.

With thankfulness, gratitude, and hope in our hearts,

Sarah and Sean






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2/2/2018. Good morning to all. Despite this being the day Casey crosses the rainbow bridge, Sarah and I are at peace knowing that we gave Casey an incredible last day with her family. Over the coming days, we will try our best to post videos and pictures of our time together, and we will slowly adjust to a new life without our sweet Casey. It will be very difficult, as she has touched every aspect of our lives. Perhaps God is telling us that Casey’s time here with us on Earth is indeed over; however, because we successfully saved her, and she us, we must go forth and save another. I would not be surprised if there was a new member to the Watson-McGovern household sometime in the near future. Again, the love and support from everyone has been overwhelming and has really helped us during the difficult moments. We will provide another update at the end of the day. Take care, everyone.
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1/31/2018 – 2/1/2018: If you have not done so already, please go read Sarah’s latest Facebook post regarding Casey. We have decided to put our lovely girl to sleep as her condition as rapidly deteriorated, and Sarah’s heartfelt and eloquent writing is something I cannot match. Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers. Today will be a very difficult day, but Sarah and I will get through it together.
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1/30/2018: Today, Sarah and I received the news we have been dreading for the past week. We brought Casey to the veterinarian in order to have her lab values re-checked, and the results showed positive trends. Her blood calcium level fell into the normal range, her creatinine was down, and the rest of her lab values looked normal. Unfortunately, we were also told that the malignancy screening results had returned a day earlier than anticipated with the news that she definitely has cancer, and it is most likely lymphoma. Casey’s natural PTH level is low due to her body’s attempt to lower her blood calcium level, but a cancerous derivative of PTH is elevated which is causing the hypercalcemia. The vet informed us that this dual finding is a clear diagnosis of cancer, and since no tumors have been found elsewhere in her body combined with the initial hypercalcemia, the diagnosis is lymphoma with a greater than 90% certainty. As you can imagine, Sarah and I are crushed. We just want Casey to be as happy and pain-free as possible during her last days here on this earth. We will be discussing over the next day or two where we will go from here. Because she is eating and drinking pretty well and her energy is good, we may keep going with her medication regimen and diet for a week and reevaluate her condition. The veterinarian mentioned that a reevaluation after two weeks was a reasonable course of action. At this point, it is too early to tell. I’ll keep the rest of this post short as I am working at the station tonight and traveling to Richmond in the morning. No matter what happens in the coming days and weeks, Sarah and I want to thank you all for your love, support, generosity, and prayers. It was only through your willingness to help that we were able to find the very likely diagnosis for Casey’s illness, and this brings a real peace of mind that we desperately need in this dark moment. Goodnight, God bless you, and we will be providing another update again soon.
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1/29/2018: Happy Monday, everyone! Today was our first full day with Casey since she returned home from the hospital, and it looks like she is doing very well given the circumstances. Her appetite for boiled chicken is great, she has the energy to go for walks, she is taking all of her medications, her poops are a normal consistency, and she is not incontinent as far as we can tell. She is scheduled to go back to the veterinarian tomorrow to have her blood calcium levels checked again. We know there is still a long road ahead, but our faith in her full recovery is as strong as ever. Please enjoy the pictures we were able to her take of our girl, and the thanks for your continued support will be never ending. Have a good night, and we will be back with another update tomorrow.
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